Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-07-28 09:51:33 –
Reno, Nevada (AP) – U.S. officials trying to adopt wild horses captured on public land say they are strengthening protection to prevent illegal resale of animals for slaughter.
Proponents say the government needs to do more, including ending incentive payments for adoption.
The Land Management Department said it was working on the health and safety of adopted wild horses and donkeys when it announced the change. The company plans to start additional tests after adoption and take measures such as improving screening for adoption candidates.
According to the agency, an estimated 86,000 wild horses and donkeys in 10 western states are three times as many as public land can sustain. Proponents disagree with it.